After Buddhism

  • by Stephen Batchelor
  • Narrated by Stephen Batchelor
  • 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Some 25 centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age.
After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose perpetual survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters. This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today's globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha's vision of human flourishing.


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A practical approach to history's prime pragmatist

Thank you for breathing life into the teaching, Mr Batchelor. I truly appreciate your work and it's contribution to my practice. May you be troubled only by the anxieties inherent in having a body and being in the world and be free of all other anxieties. I will return to this work again in the future.
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- Josh

Buddhism in history and practice.

This is a long involved study of the teachings, characters, and history of people in Northern India 2,400 years ago that followed Buddha.

Bachelor is an expert on this time in history that is clear. He presents Buddha is a living person involved in the day to day struggles of existence and as a person that, through introspection alone, was able to come to an understanding of the effects of, what we now know as evolution, on the human condition.

He presents his own material with a obvious love of the rhythms and meter of place and people names that is a pleasure to the ear.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.